Instructional Strategies

Teach Flash Fiction

Teach Flash Fiction: Engaging Students with Creative Writing

In this lesson, we’ll dive into the art of crafting complete narratives within a tight word count, typically under 1,000 words. Students will learn the essentials of the flash fiction storytelling form, exploring character development, plot, and conflict, all while honing their creativity and critical thinking skills. To aid in this creative journey, we’ll be […]

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Creating Graphic Novels in English

Creating Graphic Novels in English Class: Romeo and Juliet

The importance of introducing students to the literary masterpieces of yore cannot be overstated. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with its timeless exploration of young love, societal tensions, and tragic fates, remains as poignant and relevant today as it was in the Elizabethan era. But in our rapidly evolving digital age, how do we ensure

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Scripting and storyboarding a short story.

Scripting and Storyboarding a Short Story Scene + Resources

In an era where visual storytelling is pivotal—thanks to films, TV shows, and digital media—bridging the gap between the written word and visual representation has never been more essential. This guide is designed to help you navigate this exciting intersection of literature and visual arts, providing a step-by-step roadmap for turning a scene from any

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Score Charts for Data Assessment

Easy Teacher Score Charts for Data Assessment

In my years as an educator, one truth has remained consistent: teaching is as much about understanding our students as it is about delivering content. As teachers, we’re inundated with data – from class tests, state assessments, national comparisons, and everything in between. But how often do we feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of

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Teaching Main Idea

20 Strategies for Teaching Main Idea to Struggling Students

The main idea of a text is more than just another term in our teaching dictionary; it’s the cornerstone of comprehension. But what happens when some of our students can’t seem to grasp it? Do we give up? Absolutely not! Every child has the potential to flourish, and it’s our sacred duty to guide them

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Improv Games for Middle School Students

33 Amazing Improv Games for Middle School Students

Middle school is that unique phase where students are not quite kids but not quite teenagers. It’s a transformative time, full of discoveries, self-awareness, and the need to express and understand the rapidly changing emotions. Amidst the challenging curriculum and the regular tests, there’s one tool that can make this transition smoother while offering a

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Career games

Launch Your Future: Amazing 25 Career Games for Teens

Help students find their career paths with our 25 career games designed specifically for high school students. These interactive career exploration activities will provide a fun and engaging way to learn about various professions and equip teens with essential insights and skills for their future careers. From virtual job simulations to role-playing scenarios, each game

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The Happy Child

Visualizing and Connecting as Reading Strategies

We all know the incredible potential every book holds within its pages. Our mission, as educators, is to help our students unlock this vast universe of knowledge. The key? Reading comprehension. Have you ever witnessed that look on a student’s face when they’ve just read something, but it hasn’t quite “sunk in”? It’s painful when

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